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My Favorite Eats of 2017

It’s the most delicious time of the year! I love looking back at the last 12 months to see what all deliciousness I was able to consume. This has become a regular feature here (see 20112012201320142015, 2016).

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Tacos at La Esquina, Guatemala City, Guatemala

I had a lot of delicious stuff in Guatemala, but one of my favorites was pork and fish tacos in a trendy neighborhood of Guatemala City. I got there before they opened and was starving, but the wait was certainly worth it, especially on the blue corn tortillas.

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Korean barbecue at The Stone Grill – Korean BBQ and Grill, Duluth, Georgia

I’m trying to explore more of my own city when I’m at home and my day in Atlanta‘s Koreatown was well spent. My friends at Explore Gwinnett showed me around, ordering the best dishes at this local restaurant.

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French dip at Hofbrau der Albatross, Morro Bay, California

A friend of my mom’s recommended that we make a detour to Morro Bay on our California Road Trip and we were glad we did. It was a bitterly windy day, so the warm sandwiches and views of The Rock were perfect.

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Falafel at Carmel Market, Tel Aviv, Israel

Everything I ate in Israel was nothing short of amazing. But the falafels, you guys. Not only were they delicious, with crunchy falafel balls and creamy tahini, but they were also super cheap. This one cost me less than $3 at a Tel Aviv stall, the cheapest dinner by far!

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Delta tamales, Champy’s, Chattanooga, Tennessee

This was the only year in the past few that I didn’t go to Mississippi and I was feeling it! Thankfully, this regional chain sells authentic Delta tamales, along with fried chicken and tall boys of beer at their Southside Chattanooga location.

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Gallo pinto with plantains and eggs, Random roadside restaurant, Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua

Nicaragua isn’t really known for its restaurants, but it is known for its national dish: gallo pinto. The rice and beans mixture is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I had it many times, but perhaps my favorite was on a rainy day in Ometepe. I had completed a long waterfall hike and was starving, so I was glad to see this home/restaurant with cute kids and animals running around.

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Navajo taco, Cedar Pass Lodge, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

The first meal I had during my Black Hills road trip was traditional Navajo fry bread topped with buffalo meat and standard taco toppings like refried beans, salsa, and lettuce. It’s not the easiest dish to eat so use your knife and fork!

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Lobster roll, Boston Public Market, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston has so many great restaurants, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a seafood restaurant. Red’s has an outpost at the downtown food hall and this lobster roll was everything I needed in life. The lobster was juicy and not totally cold, heated up by the toasted, buttery roll.

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Dim sum, Dim Sum Palace, New York City, New York

The journey home from Boston was nothing short of hellish, but it allowed us to detour for the night in New York. We were starving by the time our bus rolled into Port Authority, but thankfully this dim sum place was still open. We chowed down on pork dumplings, chicken potstickers, and spicy cucumbers.

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BLT Benedict, Egg Shop, New York City, New York

I went back to New York shortly after my detour the week before to meet up with my friends visiting from Australia. I woke up early one day to grab brunch at the much-hyped Nolita eatery. I still waited for a seat at the bar for at least half an hour, so be prepared! The Benedict was everything I want from an egg dish.

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Cinnamon apple waffle, Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse, Travelers Rest, South Carolina

I got out of Greenville one morning to see the quiet town home to this student favorite breakfast spot. The Insta-worthy interiors and cold brew coffee make it a popular spot for sweet or savory crepes. The Royal Red pasta at The Anchorage in Greenville was also life changing.

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Egg and pastrami bagel, Bodo’s Bagels, Charlottesville, Virginia

My friends who are UVA alums told me this was the one place in Charlottesville I had to try and I am so glad I did. The authentic New York water bagels are perfect with eggs and pastrami. A close second to my favorite dish in Virginia was the grain bowl at Citizen Bowl.

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Barbecue Shrimp, Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana

After arriving by Amtrak, I dropped my bags and immediately went to this Garden District restaurant for some of New Orleans‘ best seafood. The waiter brought me a bib when I ordered the barbecue shrimp, but I showed him I was no amateur, not getting a single drop on my shirt.

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Vermicelli with pork and egg rolls, Pho Dai Loi 2, Atlanta, Georgia

I’m working towards trying one of every international eatery on Buford Highway and this spot was one I’d read a lot about. Their pho is supposed to be the best in town, but I opted for a dish that resembles bun cha, my favorite from my time in Vietnam.

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Spicy miso ramen, Ramen-san, Chicago, Illinois

This place was packed when I visited during the week and I just barely grabbed a spot at the bar. The ground pork and perfectly soft boiled egg were among the best I’ve had in my travels. But the portions were huge!

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Garlic Butter Crab Noodles, Sunda, Chicago, Illinois

After grabbing a drink with my friend AJ, I got a late bite at this trendy Asian fusion restaurant. I had the garlic butter crab noodles, which are just as they sound. The noodles were al dente and the crab was soft. I wanted to lick the bowl.

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Razza skate wing, Eataly Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

I’d been to the New York location, but my experience at the Chicago location was excellent. I grabbed a seat at the seafood restaurant and watched them make my skate with butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and apples. Must replicate at home.

Which dish looks best to you?

Mentioned in this post
  1. La Esquina
    Restaurant in Guate Guatemala

    Guate Guatemala
    2360 0294
    http://www.mercaditolaesquina.com/
  2. The Stone Grill - Korean BBQ and Grill
    Restaurant in Gwinnett County Georgia

    2550 Pleasant Hill Rd
    Gwinnett County Georgia
    (770) 674-2310
    https://jwkim83.wixsite.com/mysite
  3. Hofbrau der Albatross
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    901 Embarcadero
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 772-2411
    http://www.hofbraumorrobay.com/
  4. Carmel Market
    Attraction in Tel Aviv-Yafo Israel

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Israel
  5. Champy's
    Restaurant in Hamilton County Tennessee

    6925 Old Lee Hwy
    Hamilton County Tennessee
    (423) 803-2800
    http://champyschicken.com/
  6. Isla De Ometepe
    Attraction in Moyogalpa Nicaragua

    Lago Cocibolca
    Moyogalpa Nicaragua
    http://www.visitaometepe.com/
  7. Cedar Pass Lodge
    Attraction in Jackson County South Dakota
  8. Boston Public Market
    Attraction in Suffolk County Massachusetts

    100 Hanover St
    Suffolk County Massachusetts
    (617) 973-4909
    http://bostonpublicmarket.org/
  9. Dim Sum Palace
    Restaurant in New York County New York

    334 W 46th St
    New York County New York
    (646) 861-1910
    https://www.dimsumpalace.com/
  10. Egg Shop
    Restaurant in New York County New York

    151 Elizabeth St
    New York County New York
    (646) 666-0810
    http://www.eggshopnyc.com/
  11. Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse
    Restaurant in Greenville County South Carolina

    2 S Main St
    Greenville County South Carolina
    (864) 610-2245
    http://www.tandemcc.com/
  12. Bodo's Bagels
    Restaurant in Charlottesville Virginia

    505 Preston Ave
    Charlottesville Virginia
    (434) 293-5224
    http://www.bodosbagels.com/
  13. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
    Restaurant in Orleans Parish Louisiana

    4338 St Charles Ave
    Orleans Parish Louisiana
    (504) 293-3474
    http://www.superiorseafoodnola.com/
  14. Pho Dai Loi 2
    Restaurant in Dekalb County Georgia

    4186 Buford Hwy NE
    Dekalb County Georgia
    (404) 633-2111
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pho-Dai-Loi-Restaurant/117960541564090
  15. Ramen-san
    Restaurant in Cook County Illinois

    59 W Hubbard St
    Cook County Illinois
    (312) 377-9950
    http://www.ramensan.com/
  16. Sunda
    Attraction in Chicago Illinois

    110 W Illinois St
    Chicago Illinois
  17. Eataly Chicago
    Attraction in Chicago Illinois

    43 E Ohio St
    Chicago Illinois

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2 Responses to My Favorite Eats of 2017

  1. Natalia December 28, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    A year of food is the best kind of year! Great post!

  2. Rebecca January 8, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    I love this post! What a great way to document the best eats of a year. You’re making me hungry! :-)

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